5397Re: [ksurf] Chicken loop danger?
- Sep 25, 2006Hung,
I believe that even for flat/SLE/hybrid
kites, there is a need to have a way to get out of the
C-loop, and release to a kite leash. I can see
a scenario in real gusty conditions, when a flat
kite starts falling back in the wind window due to
a major lull, then suddenly a huge gust hits, and
'Baaam!' Or in the case of a bridle or other kite
failure where the kite goes into a death-loop and
cannot be depowered. You need to release the power
from the C-loop without losing the kite/injuring
Being lead into this false sense of security with the
new kites, can actually make them more dangerous than
C-kites, in the event the 'sh&* hits the fan!"
--- hungvu2000@... wrote:
> I the past, with C kites, the chicken loop were__________________________________________________
> dangerous as it is often
> very difficult to get out of the chicken loop when
> under extreme load.
> So the manufacturers have made it over the years
> easy to get out of the
> chicken loop (when under heavy loaded or not)
> With the new generation of flat kite, the chicken
> loop is now the safety
> leash (with a back up safety leash) and it is NO
> LONGER require to get
> out of the chicken loop when under load because as
> soon as one let go of
> the bar, the load is often light and one can
> leisurely get out of the
> chicken loop in light load (I did that yesterday
> while self landing my
> Waroo 9m in 30+ knots)..
> Personally, it happen to me at least twice that my
> chicken loop (from at
> least 2 different manufacturers) of my flat kites
> popped out when under
> extreme load and that make the situation dangerous
> (the kite powered up
> even more or become uncontrollable). In this
> situation, the kiter may
> not be in danger but the bystanders may be heavily
> hit by the kite or
> the kite could hit hard obstacle and get damaged.
> So is it now the time for the manufacturers to
> consider making the
> chicken loop more heavy duty and difficult to get
> out under heavy load?
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